29 June 2015
RMT Press Office
RMT campaigning brings forward date for elimination of dumping of sewage on rail tracks by Scotrail fleet.
Following a meeting late last week between RMT reps and Transport Minister, Derek MacKay, Scotrail management and Transport Scotland officials in Parliament the union is pleased to announce that it has secured a major victory in bringing forward the date for the elimination of the dumping of sewage on the tracks by Scotrail trains.
The approved schedule of works sets out a clear timescale whereby all Scotrail trains will be fitted with controlled emission tanks. Although this programme of works does not meet RMT's target date of April 2016 it should see around 40% of the fleet having these tanks fitted by that date with the rest fully fitted by December 2017.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"The fact the programme for the elimination of the filthy, disgusting and dangerous practice of dumping sewage on our railways is further advanced in Scotland is 100% down to the hard work and campaigning over several years by representatives, members and officials of RMT.
"Network Rail in Scotland are also in the process of arranging briefings to frontline maintenance staff and offering vaccinations to reduce the risk to staff from untreated human excrement which is another important development resulting from the RMT campaign.
"If real targets can be laid down for ending the scandal of sewage on our railways in Scotland then they can be achieved across the whole network. It's time for the train companies and the politicians to stop the excuses and get on with it. "